At bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil painting by some
It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts.
The rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs which served to stabilize the outer stucco.
The Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang passed through the area around 630 and described Bamyan as a flourishing Buddhist center “with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks”.
He also noted that both Buddha figures were “decorated with gold and fine jewels” (Wriggins, 1995).
as they were called by the locals, did not fail to fire the imagination of Islamic writers in centuries past.
The smaller Buddha was once known as a statue of Sakyamuni in Xuanzang’s Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, and physical characteristics of the Buddha has to be male.
Because Afghanistan’s Buddhist population no longer exists, which removed the possibility of the statues being worshiped, he added: “The government considers the Bamyan statues as an example of a potential major source of income for Afghanistan from international visitors.
The Taliban states that Bamyan shall not be destroyed but protected.” However, Afghanistan’s radical clerics began a campaign to crack down on “un-Islamic” segments of Afghan society.
International opinion strongly condemned the destruction of the Buddhas, which was viewed as an example of the intolerance of the Taliban and of Islamism.
The Silk Road is a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of Western Asia.
Until the 11th century, Bamyan was part of the kingdom of Gandhara.
Since then, the statues had remained largely untouched.
In July 1999, Mullah Mohammed Omar issued a decree in favor of the preservation of the Bamyan Buddha’s statue.